Jamaica Papa Curvin

b. 1943, Harewood, Jamaica, West Indies. Curvin initially nurtured his percussion skills through his local drum corps. By his eighteenth birthday he was widely considered as one of the most talented drummers…
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b. 1943, Harewood, Jamaica, West Indies. Curvin initially nurtured his percussion skills through his local drum corps. By his eighteenth birthday he was widely considered as one of the most talented drummers in Jamaica. His skills were acknowledged when his brigade was triumphant in the annual Band-Poll Of Jamaica. Encouraged by his success Curvin decided to pursue a career in music and initially played to holidaymakers on cruise liners. His experiences on voyages all over the world allowed him to perfect his drumming skills. Inspired by the popularity of reggae in Europe, he decided to settle there. He soon found work as a session drummer and was later employed by Frank Farian to provide musical accompaniment to the pop band Boney M. In 1981, Curvin embarked on his own musical projects and by 1984 had formed the Jamaica Papa Curvin Band in Hamburg. They were widely considered as Germany’s leading reggae outfit and toured continuously. Curvin eventually gave up drumming to concentrate on lead vocals and, in the late 80s, embarked on a solo career. He released the critically acclaimed Heavy Load in 1994. Mystic Dan produced the follow-up, World Is Dub, which encompassed elements of dancehall and ragga. The set benefited from a final mix in Jamaica at Gussie Clarke’s Music Works Studio.